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State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection Calls for Comments on SB 1260 Safety Element Review Regulations

January 24, 2019

On January 11, the State Board of Forestry began the 45 day comment period for Safety Element Review Regulations. The purpose of the proposed rulemaking is to revise the Safety Element Review regulations to include the new consultation option now in statute after the passage of SB 1260 (Chapter 624, 2018). The deadline to submit written comments to the State Board of Forestry is Monday, February 25, 2019. Send comments to: PublicComments@BOF.ca.gov.

Additionally, the Board will hold a public hearing on March 6, 2019, at its regularly scheduled meeting commencing at 9 a.m. at the Natural Resources Building Auditorium, 1416 9th Street, Sacramento, CA to allow for the final submission of written and oral comments.

California Government Code (GC) Section 65302.5(b)(1) requires a draft element of or draft amendment to the safety element of a county or a city’s general plan to be submitted to the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection (Board) if that county or city contains State Responsibility Area (SRA) or Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone (VHFHSZ). Also, Section 65302.5(b)(2) requires the Board to review the submitted safety elements for how well it addresses wildland fire risk reduction and mitigation in the planning area.

In the 2017-2018 session of the California Legislature, Senate Bill 1260 added a new section to GC 65302.5 – 65302.5(b)(3) – that allows the Board to request a consultation with a local jurisdiction’s board of supervisors or city councilmembers if the jurisdiction did not accept the Board’s recommendations to improve wildland fire risk reduction and mitigation in the general plan safety element.

For more information please email contact Nick Cronenwett at Ncronenwett@counties.org or call 916-244-9133.

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